Guests and Topics: December 26

Tonight... The O'Reilly Factor is on!

Why has North Korea restarted its nuclear programs? Are the North Koreans trying to "blackmail" the United States?

In a deal made with the United States in 1994, North Korea froze its suspected plutonium-based nuclear weapons program. But the country shocked the world when it announced earlier this month that it would restart its nuclear programs after the United States and and its allies halted fuel oil supplies. The oil supplies were cut off as punishment for revelations in October that it had moved forward with a second nuclear weapons program that used enriched uranium.

Analysts are not certain exactly how to interpret what is going on in the communist nation. Leaders in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, may be trying to force the United States to restart the flow of oil or, they say, the North Koreans may really intend to resume production of plutonium for use in nuclear weapons. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has dismissed North Korea's claim that it needs the nuclear plants to produce electricity.

Are we getting dangerously close to "nuclear brinksmanship" as one U.N. official has charged? Is the situation in North Korea much more dangerous than the threat from Iraq? We'll ask FOX News Military Analyst and former Army Capt. David Christian.

Then, Washington State Democrat, Senator Patty Murray recently made some very controversial remarks about Usama bin Laden in a speech she made to some high school students in her state. The senator reportedly said of the terror mastermind, "we've got to ask why this man is so popular around the world. He's been out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads, building infrastructure, and the people are extremely grateful. We haven't done that." Say what? Could there be any truth to those statements? We'll debate it with Michael Swetnam, CEO of the Potomic Policy Institute.

Plus, speaking of Democrats... It looks like the Democratic party will take a new approach to politics by challenging the Bush administration's approach to the war on terror. They will stress to voters in the 2004 election that not enough has been done to prevent another attack and that you and I are barely safer than we were before the deadly terror attacks on September 11, 2001. Is this the way to regain control of the Congress and to win the White House? We'll ask radio talk show host, San Francisco's Bernie Ward.

And later, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has launched a new ad campaign accusing the Department of Agriculture of using what it calls "weapons of mass destruction" in public school lunch programs. Why the extreme language? In the ad, the Committee says that "it doesn't take an arms inspector to spot one of the biggest dangers facing kids today: School lunches are loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol.... [The] Department of Agriculture props up sagging farm profits by buying pork, beef and other products and dumping them into school lunches and other government programs."  Is this just another culture war taking place in America's public schools? Or could your child be at risk? We'll find out when PCRM's Neal Barnard enters the No Spin Zone.

Finally, why can't some of the most vocal divas in Hollywood just sing, instead of distracting us with all the details of their messy personal lives? We'll ask entertainment reporter Jeanne Wolf.

Don't miss The O'Reilly Factor this evening at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET! See you in the No Spin Zone!

--The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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